Female-led Doogie Howser remake in development at Disney+
It has already been 27 years since the series finale of ABC’s Doogie Howser, M.D. debuted in 1993, and now Deadline brings word that Disney+ is in the process of developing a female-led remake of the Neil Patrick Harris-led medical drama series which will be titled as Doogie Kealoha, M.D.
Set in Hawaii, Doogie Kealoha, M.D. will follow the story of a 16-year-old half Asian, half-white girl who works as a doctor. The series will be written and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother and Fresh Off the Boat alum Kourtney Kang.
The remake will also executive produced by Dayna Bochco and Jesse Bochco, who are the wife and son of the late original co-creator Steven Bochco. It is also produced by 20th Century Fox TV with Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar also signing as executive producers. This project will be part of Kasdan, Mar and Kang’s overall deals with 20th Century Fox TV.
Created by top showrunners David E. Kelly and the late Steven Bochco, Doogie Howser, MD ran on-air for four seasons from 1989 to 1993. Emmy nominee and Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) starred as the titular teenage physician who tries to balance practicing medicine with the difficult problems that come with being a teenager.
This remake will be the latest addition to Disney+’s growing list of ongoing projects including the Turner & Hooch remake starring Josh Peck; The Mighty Ducks sequel series which features the return of Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay; and the Home Alone film reboot starring Jojo Rabbit breakout Archie Yates.